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2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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Oliver’s has many of the characteristics we want in a modern chippy: fresh clean decor of cream tongue-and-groove panelling, apple-green tiling and metal chairs; bright young friendly staff; and an appealing menu that takes in British traditions as well as a range of international fish dishes.

Pity, then, that the food was so far below par on our visit. The chips were simply poor, riddled with off-putting dark patches. A main-course salad niçoise, served with grilled tuna steak, suffered from fridge storage and a greasy gloss. Crunchy brown-battered cod was better. The short wine list is wallet-friendly (we liked the Chilean sauvignon blanc) and the deep-fried Mars Bar with vanilla ice-cream is a fabulous way to finish, if you haven’t consumed too much fat already.

A few customers were dining during our mid-afternoon visit, and the takeaway trade seemed brisk (Oliver’s also offers home delivery to certain postcodes). So, the restaurant is doing something right, but we think it can – and must – do better.




Address: 95 Haverstock Hill
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
Price: Main courses £9.20-£11.45
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.15pm Tue-Sun
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